Planned Parenthood: Children of the Poor are Too Costly

A fund-raising letter of Planned Parenthood committee of Pittsburgh:

“Have you ever stopped to consider how much the “unwanted” children of poor and ignorant parents are costing you in the community in increased relief load, state medical and mental care, juvenile delinquency, and criminality?… There is a critical need for the expansion of this work [birth control] in American slums and other areas.”

Johanna Choen Choice & Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2005)

This is an old letter from before abortion was legal, but it shows the disregard Planned Parenthood had for minorities and the poor.

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Unborn baby can feel pain in abortion, says pediatric neurosurgeon

Expert testimony from Dr. Robert White, pediatric neurosurgeon, before U.S. Congress,  June 15, 1995 :

“By every measurable method, evidence suggests that the type of massive tissue destruction caused by all abortion methods at this stage [20+ weeks]  would be expected to be accompanied by substantial pain to the unborn child. “

Aborted baby torn apart at 20 weeks

Aborted baby torn apart at 20 weeks

 

 

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George Will discusses pro-choice censorship when 16,500 bodies of aborted babies found

When 16,500 bodies of aborted babies were discovered in a storage container outside of a medical laboratory, some weighing as much as 4 pounds, news photographers who came to the scene were not permitted to take pictures. Later, photographs were obtained from a Los Angeles pathologist who examined the babies’ bodies. No legal action was taken. Washington Post columnist George Will made these observations:

Remains of baby aborted at 20 weeks. This child was torn apart by the abortion instruments

Remains of baby aborted at 20 weeks. This child was torn apart by the abortion instruments

“Most proabortion persons have a deeply felt understandable need to keep the discussion of abortion as abstract as possible. They become bitter when opponents use photographs to document early fetal development. The sight of something that looks so much like a child complicates the task of trying to believe that there is nothing there but “potential” life. And if fetal pain is acknowledged, America has a problem. It’s uneasy conscience about 1.6 million abortions a year [as of 1981, the number of abortions have dropped since] depends on the supposition that such pain is impossible.”

George Will “Abortion Painful for the Aborted” The Washington Post, November 5, 1981

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Dr. Susie Baldwin: Abortion is Rewarding

“I provide abortions because it is the single most rewarding and gratifying field of medicine I have experienced.”

Dr. Susie Baldwin, abortionist, Los Angeles, CA

Below: Remains of an abortion at just 8 weeks. This is well within the time when most abortions are performed.

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Physicians for Reproductive Health “Why I Provide Abortions”

http://prh.org/provider-voices/why-i-provide-abortions/

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Doctor from the University of Colorado Medical School : life begins at conception

Dr. Watson A. Bowes Jr. of the University of Colorado Medical School testified before the United State Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on when life begins:

“The beginning of a single human life is from a biological point of view a simple and straightforward matter…the beginning is conception. This straightforward biological fact should not be distorted to serve sociological, political or economic goals.”

Abortion: A Briefing Book for Canadian Legislators: National Public Affairs Office, Campaign Life Coalition, Suite 100, 1355 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3C2 Phone (613) 729-0379 Fax (613) 729-7611

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Seeing an aborted baby with “human form” in the second trimester is traumatic, article says

From an article in The Journal of Clinical Nursing:

16 weeks –

16 weeks –

“Second trimester terminations require the woman concerned to go through an induced labour, the result of which is a fetus in a very human form. This event requires sensitive management as it is has the potential to cause a great deal of distress for the women involved due to the psychological and physical impact of the procedure. However, health professionals involved can also find this a distressing clinical event due to the complex nature of the management and care required.”

ANNETTE D. HUNTINGTON RGON, BN, PhD “Working with women experiencing mid-trimester termination of pregnancy: the integration of nursing and feminist knowledge in the gynaecological setting” Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2002, 11 273-279

This is only one way to do a second trimester abortion. Others are done by D & E, where the baby is dismembered inside the mother’s body.

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Abortion by Pill: One Woman’s Story from Marie Claire

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel told the story of her abortion by pill in Marie Claire. She was pro-choice and thought she would have no problems.

She supported the use of the abortion pill and thought it was a good thing

“From the moment it was approved in 2000, I believed in the abortion pill. Finally! Abortion would finally become what it always should have been: a private medical matter between a woman and her doctor. It held the promise of swift, at home termination. There would be no more gauntlets of protesters at clinics, because who would know which physicians were dispensing the pills? Even better, the pill would keep abortion accessible at a time when fewer gynecologists were willing to perform them out of fear of attacks.”

Dworkin – McDaniel eventually was faced an unplanned pregnancy. According to her, when she became pregnant, she was using cocaine and would “work all day, and party, party, party all night.”

She worried that her drug use would cause medical problems for the baby:

“No matter what I did from this point on, there would always be a chance that the baby would have problems – maybe physical ones, maybe psychological issues. I wasn’t willing to roll the dice with another life.”

“There was the surgical option of course. I’d had one in college (so you think I would’ve learned this lesson already) and I dreaded the needle that would be used to numb my cervix.”

“The Mifeprex literature described some cramping and bleeding, “similar to or greater than a normal, heavy period.” This sounded far more appealing than surgical abortion. A few pills, a couple of cramps, and it would all be over. We could move on with our lives.”

“Clinic staffers had directed me to insert the tablets into my vagina in the morning so I’d have the day to recover. I envisioned recuperating on the couch with some uncomfortable but bearable cramps and soothing myself with s bad daytime TV.”…

I never made it to the couch.

“Nothing – not the drug literature, the clinic doctor, not even my own gyno – had prepared me for the searing, gripping, squeezing pain that ripped through my belly 30 minutes later. I couldn’t even form words when Stewart [her boyfriend] called to check on me. It was all I could do to gasp, “Come home! Now!” For 90 minutes, I was disoriented, nauseated, and, between crushing waves of contractions, that I imagine were close to what labor feels like, racing from the bed to the bathroom with diarrhea.”

Then, just as quickly, it was over. The next night, I started bleeding. I bled for 14 days. A follow-up ultrasound confirmed that I’d aborted. And that’s when the problems really began.

I had been prepared for the possibility that the pill wouldn’t work and I’d still need a surgical abortion – that happens in about 5 to 8 percent of cases. I also knew that I might bleed so heavily I need surgery to stop it… [But] what blindsided me, apart from being battered by the mifepristone, with a huge, cystic boils that soon covered my neck, shoulders, and back. I was also overcome by fatigue – an utter lack of ability to do anything more strenuous than sleep or lie on the couch. My brain felt so fuzzy – English seemed like a 2nd language, and I couldn’t work. On top of all that came depression; I sobbed constantly. I wouldn’t leave the house. I stopped showering.

It was only when I described my symptoms to my gynecologist that I discovered my experience wasn’t all that unusual. (The Mifeprex literature didn’t even mention it) “I think it’s underreported, but probably one in 3 women have dramatic side effects,” he told me. My body was in total chaos – pregnancy hormones clashing with anti-pregnancy hormones clashing with stress hormones. “I’ve seen a lot of women go through it – I don’t want to call it postpartum, but post event melancholy that’s more dramatic than people want to admit.” He prescribed antidepressants. “One day, you’ll feel just like your old self.” It took 9 months.”

Dworkin – McDaniel describes going back to the clinic and talking to one of the clinic workers:

 “We could have told you it wasn’t going to be easy,” a clinic staffer noted when I rattled off my complaints during my follow-up.

Why didn’t she speak up sooner?”

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel “BETRAYED BY A PILL” Marie Claire (US), Jul2007, Vol. 14 7, p184-186

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He Muttered “Take Care of It!!”

A woman who is been in a self-described “abusive” relationship told the following story:

“He had gotten me pregnant twice, and when I told him, he basically muttered “take care of it!”. I went alone, had the abortion alone, and drove myself home, alone. He spent that night in the bar, and didn’t come home until 6:00 am.”

Woman’s story, cited in the blog JivinJosaphat. quoted from the blog Lucy’s New Life here

So often, abortion liberates men, not women.

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Clinic worker would rather have “3 or 4 abortions” than go to the dentist

One abortion clinic worker made the following statement:

“In Spain every single abortion is done under local [anesthesia]. It’s walk in, walk out. They come in at 4 clock, by 5 o’clock they have had the operation, the consultation, and are back home. And I was so impressed by it. I said, it’s not possible! I wouldn’t mind having 3 or 4 abortions like that rather than go to the dentist once every 5 years. They’ve mastered the technique, improved it, no fuss.”

Patricia Launneborg Abortion: a Positive Decision (New York: Bergin & Garvey, 1992) 86

She would rather have 3 or 4 abortions than go to the dentist. This statement is even more shocking when you realize that she works at the clinic and sees bodies of aborted babies (like the one below) every day. Has abortion become so trivialized that going to the dentist is considered worse?

Remains of an abortion at 9 weeks – over 40% of abortions take place after this time

Remains of an abortion at 9 weeks – over 40% of abortions take place after this time

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Female infanticide in India takes horrible toll

Author Miriam Jordan described this state of affairs in India in a 2000 article:

“In poor and backward places such as Bihar, however, where sonograms are still a rarity, it’s cheaper to kill a newborn girl that to travel to a city and pay for a gender test and an abortion. And Bihar’s gender rate is among the most lopsided in the country. The 1991 census in Bihar showed 912 women for every thousand men, down from 1054 women in 1901. In the district where Dewa is located, the ratio in 1991 was 819 women to 1000 men.

In some pockets of Bihar and  Rajasthan, another poor state, the female to male ratio is a meager 600 to 1000. Last August, one village in Rajasthan witnessed its first Hindu wedding procession to a bride’s home in 110 years, because no other girl had been allowed to survive.

Miriam Jordan “Brief Lives” Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2000

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